At the same time, the staff are coping with crises in their personal lives. Rhodri, the Welsh vet, is deeply in love with Megan but is struggling to find a solution to their problems with her invalid father. Kate is worrying about her A-level results and getting into veterinary college. Dan's wife's baby is due any moment, and Joy, the practice manager, finds that, deep in her heart, she still loves Mungo.
With warmth, humour, and a touch of darkness, Rebecca Shaw has given us another fine instalment in her Barleybridge series.